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Side has never failed to attract visitors to its Antalyan coastline. Its ancient town reflects the footprints of its Greco-Roman past, while a string of resort hotels cater to holiday-makers, offering a bevy of attractions along its sun-drenched
beaches.

Old Street

A scattering of soaring columns stand like lone sentinnels along the former main road of ancient Side, with visible proof that the Romans had initially paved it with stone slabs.

Apollo Temple

The famous temple near the old harbor dates to the 2nd century AD. The five standing columns, whose frieze shows a series of heads of Medusa, were re-erected in the 1980s.

Roman Ruins

Remnants, such as the Nymphaeum and Vespian Gate, reflect the prosperous era under Roman rule. The Temple of Tyche, stands at the heart of the agora, a former hub of daily life.

Aspendos

This theater could seat an audience of up to 15,000, and the seats still show the inscribed names of patrons. The stage building also features the faces of Comedy and Tragedy.

Manavgat Falls

Located near the town of the same name, enjoy the view of the foamy falls, which are 6.5 feet. high and 131 feet. wide, amid a tranquil and refreshing setting.

Photo: David Pursehouse@Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Düden Falls

Pack a picnic and head to this national park, where the famous Düden Falls plunge 49 feet into the cool water pools below. The Lower Falls tumble into the sea.

Pamakkule Baths

Pamakkule means "cotton castle," which reflect the snowy white travertine mineral deposits that blanket the terraces. The 17 hot springs have been luring visitors for millennia.

Planning Your Side Visit

How many days to spend in Side?

Avid beach-goers could spend up to one week in Side. The seaside resort town allows visitors not only to soak up the sun and take a dip in the sea, but also have time to appreciate its cultural points and take day-trips to explore the nature of the surrounding area.

Getting around

The mini-buses (dolmuş) are convenient for a short trip around Side. A sign in the window states the destination with a fixed price.

Where to stay in Side

Resort hotels, ranging in size and star rating, straddle the coastline, some of which are a few miles from town. However, there are accommodations in the city center.

Day-trips from Side

For day-trips to the surrounding area, consider the following: It's between 15-30 minutes by mini bus (dolmuş) to the Manavgat Waterfalls. For independence, rent a car to visit Pamakkule Baths (4 hours away) and Duden Falls (1 hour away). Hotels work with tour operators, which offer transportation to these points, but that will likely include a stop or two at a shop (jewelry or leather) along the way and that will prolong the journey.

Good to know

  • Language
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+03:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • Best time to visit
    While the summer months deliver peak heat, they are also the driest. If you're looking to enjoy unusually warm days during the fall months - then visit September thru November. You'll also get better deals after the summer tourists depart.

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What people are saying about Side

Excellent tour with excellent tour guides

The guided tour was excellent because Betty and Alex were perfect tour guides. Betty has explained nearly everything and has a big knowledge about the Roman time. It was not just a tour, it was explained history. We definitely would book another tour with her. Thanks from our site for the tour.

Side, Aspendos, and Manavgat Waterfalls: Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Christian, 11/07/2018

Excellent customer service and an unforgettable tour!

I booked this tour online and was really impressed by the great customer service we were provided! We were greeted by Ali, the manager who has been in this business for 20 years and were then given the instructions on rafting. Then we were given equipment and taken for the best 2.5 hours along an unforgettable ride across the Konyalti river. Lunch followed and we were given two free photos to select from the screen! Staff was really helpful, and welcoming especially Mr Ali and Tunfan ... Price was also extremely adequate and better than all other offers that the agency gave us! I really advise it... Omar from Lubnan (Lebanon)

The guides made the day. Very enjoyable!!

We had a great day canyoning and rafting something for all abilities. Very funny, sometimes crazy but safe. Great atmosphere on rafts. Chances to swim, jump from trees, zip wire. Excellent well recommended. Team camaraderie between rafts very good fun.

Fun for family , nice scenery . Worth it.

It was well deserved activities with a lot of sceneries . The organization was very good. We were picked up from hotel and dropped back . The trip was 35-40 min from hotel to rafting station with instructions for safety . The rafting is a mild type suitable for all ages including young children 4 yrs + . Lunch included . Drinks and pictures on you . Expect to pay 3-10 euro extra per person for drinks and pictures/DVD . recommended .

Full-Day White Water Rafting at Köprülü Canyon Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/06/2016

What a great rafting experience with NOVARAFT!

Me and my spouse and two very stubborn personalities and well it is not always easy to be in the "same boat". Luckily we found that kayaking with only 2 of us made our day and also as one of the person in the group said: " You guys probably got the most fun day!" I believe so too. We want to thank Novaraft and especially Tufan for all the arrangements. Everything went smootly and boy did we have fun. And yes! WE DID NOT FALL, which is nice. If you ever think of attending some couple counselling or love doctor, don't do it - go rafting instead! <3